Higher Diploma in Education Primary
UPDATE September 2013:
Froebel College of Education has transferred all of its programmes to its new home: NUI Maynooth. All enquiries should be directed to NUI Maynooth. The Higher Diploma in Education (Primary) will be offered through the Graduate Studies Department. To express interest in this course, please wait until after 15 September and contact the Froebel Department at that time, when the new Administrative team will be in place.
Each week the question is received: 'When is the next opportunity to do the Higher Diploma course?' and 'Will the next H.Dip course start in February 2014 or in September 2014?' The answer is that at the moment, none of the Colleges of Education know for sure. We are not permitted to publicise the course and accept applications before the course is officially sanctioned by the Department of Education and Skills. Up until now, the course has been an eighteen month course, taught over three semesters, beginning usually in February, and ending in June of the following year.
A change has been announced that starting in September 2014, the Higher Diploma course will be extended to twenty-four months or two years, and thus starting in September. At the moment it is unclear whether there will be one last eighteen month course beginning in February 2014, or whether the next Higher Diploma course will be a two year course starting in September 2014. To receive updates on this question, please check the NUI Maynooth website (with which the Froebel website will merge this summer) in November 2013, when there would be an announcement, if the H.Dip course were to run in February 2014.
The files below are left available for information purposes only, to know of the requirements and procedure for the last intake.
The Higher Diploma (Primary Teaching) is a full time course held by the Froebel College of Education for persons with third-level degrees. The course enables third-level graduates to train as primary teachers. Persons who successfully complete this course will be recognised by the Department of Education and Skills as fully trained teachers for employment in any class in Primary Schools.
Froebel College is merging with NUI Maynooth this coming summer, and from September 2013 onwards, all classes will be held on the NUI Maynooth campus. Thus for the 2013-2014 Higher Diploma course the first semester from February 2013 through June 2013 would take place on the Froebel campus on Cross Ave., Blackrock, Co. Dublin and the final year of the course from September 2013 through June 2014 will take place on the NUI Maynooth campus in Maynooth, Co. Kildare. At that point, Froebel H.Dip and B.Ed students will be the only primary teacher education students taking all their courses at the heart of a major university with all the extra academic and extra-curricular advantages that this brings.